EYou can’t blame Germany for one thing: It’s not true that it’s not attractive to migrants. The shortage of skilled workers is explained in this way. Germany competes with all sorts of countries for the best minds, they say, but sit back and do too little.
But the fact is that Germany really cannot complain about the lack of immigration. It is at the top of the list of those who flock in their thousands to the EU to seek their fortune.
However, Germany is not attractive because it is looking for skilled workers, but because people who don’t have much can live well here. Attempts to combat the shortage of skilled workers, as approved by the cabinet (how many is that?), are therefore as sensible as they are contradictory.
Lack and abundance at the same time
They arise under the impression of a glaring lack of immigration, which has been deplorable for years; but this is offset by an equally blatant excess of immigration, so great that gymnasiums have had to be evacuated.
The government’s proposals may therefore be good and correct. They also fall on fertile ground in the economy. But to expect that the “double” generous recruitment – unwanted by security, wanted by offers – will bring the desired results and opportunities, moreover, will bring the acceptance that a successful migration policy needs is an illusion.
An immigration country is only such when it resolves this contradiction and clearly defines what immigration it wants. Only this creates opportunities for a selective opening, for training and qualification.
Above all, it has consequences for the bureaucracy, which blocks some progress. Immigration authorities, schools and job centers are chronically overburdened – because they are drowning in work that has little to do with Germany’s needs. The traffic light coalition is now taking a step in the right direction. However, because she is blind in the other migration eye, she threatens to take two steps back again soon.